Samhain (pronounced Sow-en, NOT Sam Hain) is a Pagan holiday, and one of the eight Sabbats celebrated during the year.
It is also known around the globe as The Witches New Year.
Samhain is considered by Witches to be one of the four Greater Sabbats. It is traditionally considered as a time to celebrate the lives of those who have passed on, and it often involves paying respect to ancestors, family members, elders of the faith, friends, pets, and other loved ones who have died.
On Samhain the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest point of the whole year, making it easier to communicate with those who have left this world.
As millions of children and adults participate in the fun of Halloween on the night of October 31st, few will be aware of its ancient Celtic roots in the Samhain festival.
In Celtic Ireland about 2,000 years ago, Samhain was the division of the year between the lighter half (summer) and the darker half (winter). At Samhain the division between this world and the otherworld was at its thinnest, allowing spirits to pass through.
The family's ancestors were honoured and invited home whilst harmful spirits were warded off. People wore costumes and masks to disguise themselves as these spirits and thus avoided harm. Bonfires and food played a large part in the festivities. A large communal fire was lit and household fires were extinguished and started again from the bonfire. A special meal, known as The Dumb Supper was prepared on Samhain. It is a meaningful tradition, where the meal is a combination of foods the dearly departed had considered their favourites and served in reverse with dessert first. A special seat with a black veil is at the head of the table to represent those that have crossed over. The dinner is served in silence (No talking ) in order to show respect and to also allow those Spirits that wish to convey a message to be heard.
This special Conjure Apothecary mixture of fine herbs, incense and Magick celebrates this time Honoured Sabbat of Samhain.
It is the second of eight in our new line of Sabbat blends.